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Happy Monday, darlings! Today, we’re a wedding with so much floral goodness, it’ll be hard to look away. Fabulous floral designer Lauryl Lane sent over these beautiful images shot by Braedon Flynn. Um…best team ever! All the vendors read off like a list of faves: Paper by Wiley Valentine, Cakes by My Sweet and Saucy, Planning and design by Chic Celebrations. Just too lovely!

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Photography – Braedon Flynn, Planning and Design – Gianna SanFilippo, Chic Celebrations, Floral and Backdrop Designs – Lauryl Lane, Venue and catering – Aliso Creek Inn, Desserts – My Sweet and Saucy, Custom Invitations – Wiley Valentine, Other paper goods – bride and groom. Rentals – Classic Party Rentals.

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Today, I thought I’d make a formal introduction to you. Patricia Kantzos is a photographer that has been one of our sponsors for quite a while, but it’s about time you make her acquaintance. She is a photographer that captures classically beautiful images and I just can’t tell you enough about how lovely her work is…you need to go see for yourself. She was recently featured in Well Wed Magazine and has been featured on oodles of blogs, so of course, I’m so excited to have her as part of our Grey Likes Family. Here’s some goodies from one of my favorite weddings of hers: Britt and Thad.

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Good morning, readers! I can’t tell you how lovely it is to be back home, stateside. I’ve got some lovely things planned for you this week, but I thought I’d start our day off with a special vendor spotlight on one of our Grey Likes Vendors, Tie That Binds. Owner/Designer Mekala Tinnin specializes in paper styling, which means that she lives for the opportunity to help pull together all of the elements from your wedding with the use of custom designed stationery. But nothing can show her work better than a real wedding, right? Well, lucky us. Mekala has sent over a gorgeous “Old Spanish Romance on the Ranch” wedding that couldn’t be a more perfect example of how Tie That Binds crafts a lovely story with paper. Alongside the images we’ve included some info from the bride, as well as vendor resources below! To see more images and a full gallery click here. I hope you enjoy!

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I have always been drawn to the old Spanish/Mexican elegance, and knew I wanted to incorporate part of our heritage and culture in the wedding. I love the Diego Rivera/Frida Khalo era and decided to include some details that fit in with a simple, yet romantic and elegant Spanish/Mexican affair that didn’t scream cheesy Mexican fiesta. To reflect this theme we decided on a dark cobalt/navy blue, shades of tan, and vibrant pops of fuchsia and other lively colors. I wanted to be as authentic as possible with the décor for the wedding, and I knew that trying to buy original and handcrafted Mexican items from L.A. would be either too expensive or extremely difficult. So instead I found a cheap ticket and flew into Guadalajara, Mexico for a weekend to go scavenger hunting with my relatives who live there. I went directly to the city where they hand-painted talavera ceramics and blown glass pieces are manufactured, and negotiated directly with the artisans.

Our wedding ceremony was held at the chapel at LMU, where I went to school both for my undergrad and grad degrees. Having the privilege as an alum to get married in this gorgeous chapel, and to have my very first professor and mentor at LMU officiate our ceremony, was extremely special. Choosing an outdoor venue that fit both the look of the wedding that I was aiming for and that spoke to who we are (traveling wine and animal lovers who enjoy the outdoors) I thought would be difficult, that is until the gates of Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu opened and we drove into a place that is sort of a world all on its own. It was the best of both worlds: large manicured lawns, oak trees, rolling hillsides covered with vineyards, and did I mention the exotic animals? Zebras, camels, and buffalo, Oh my! This was the first and only venue we physically looked at, and knew instantly that this was the perfect place for us.

For the cocktail reception we wanted to keep the décor to a minimum so that our guests could simply enjoy the charm and beauty of Saddlerock Ranch. We used hay bales and old wine barrels that we rented from the ranch. In addition to providing a delicious Spanish infused menu, Contemporary Catering also provided carrots and apples for our guests to feed the animals during the cocktail hour. For the reception we used a mixture of hand painted talavera pottery and cobalt blown glass pieces for the floral centerpiece arrangements; I purchased Mexican tiles for the table numbers and matching hand painted clay bells that also had our initials and wedding date to double as favors and guest seating cards. I bought hand crafted tin stars from Mexico in various designs and sizes to hang over the dance floor, in lieu of renting chandeliers. Drawing from the designs found on talavera pottery, Mekala at Tie That Binds created a custom suite of gorgeous letterpressed invites. Mekala was able to capture and conceptualize our theme beautifully and created a unique design that stood out in a subtle yet elegant way. She carried this design throughout our stationery elements for the buffet table menus, custom drink list, dessert table, favor tags, ceremony programs, and guest sign-in cards. Since we chose to serve our favorite desserts instead of the traditional wedding cake, we had a small cake made and used the border detail and monogram design from our invites to decorate the cake as well.

Executing a seamless day and ensuring that all of our hard work paid off was all thanks to Angel and her team at Events of Love and Splendor. I knew even before diving into wedding planning that I was going to need someone who was reliable, super detail oriented, and had a fantastic sense of style and creativity. She was one of the first vendors we booked and I was so blessed to have her on board as a central part of the amazing vendor team we worked with.

Favorite moment(s):
I can’t say I have only one. It’s hard to pick, from my mom’s reaction to when I gave her the photo book I made for her from one of my dress fittings (photos courtesy of our fabulous photographer); to when my dad walked in to our hotel room and teared up when he saw me all dressed up in my gown; to when the doors opened at the church… the church I had been to many times before as a student and staff and now taking the walk down the aisle as a bride towards the man I would spend the rest of my life with; getting roasted by my brother/the best man; when I surprised my husband and sang “Love Song” to him, accompanied by our Spanish guitar trio; or our walk alone around the silent ranch after everyone had left and visiting the camel “ET” at 2am before heading to our hotel. The whole day was a day I will never forget and even months later I am still hearing people rave about what a beautiful, personal, and fun wedding it was.

Vendors | Stationery and Paper Details: Tie That Binds, Wedding Planner: Events of Love and Splendor, Photographer: Rodolfo Arpia Photography, Venue: Saddlerock Ranch, Caterer: Contemporary Catering, Church: LMU Chapel

Happy Thursday! I thought today that I’d share with you Sarah and Christian’s Austin wedding that was held at Red Corral Ranch. I love the rustic red and homespun feel to everything, and especially love the tractor ride guests took to the reception. Photographer Ben Godkin is responsible for all these bright and punchy images.

Check back in later today! We’ve got a super simple DIY project.

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Happy Monday! I hope you enjoyed Superbowl Sunday (which I’m thoroughly convinced is an official holiday!). I’m excited about the features we’ve got in store for you this week. We’re starting off today with a bright and cheery wedding that’s got some glorious DIY details I know you’re going to love! There are ribbons galore in Odessa and Kim’s wedding, along with tons of personal touches that you can read about through our post. Lots of wonderful vendors were involved in the beauty of this wedding (which took place at The Roth Estate in Nevada City, California) including event planner Joy of Life Events and floral designer Setchel and Associates. Special thanks to Jennifer Eileen Photography who sent over all of her lovely images! I ALWAYS love what she shoots!

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About Odessa and Kim’s wedding:

Kim and Odessa met and fell in love at their 10 year High School reunion. It wasn’t long before they started to live life together, decided to get married, and began to plan their wedding making sure that almost everything was handmade and environmentally friendly. Everything was seamless, it flowed, and in the air was a sense of love. For Odessa’s bouquet she planned ahead and selected different ribbon (from elegant creamy colors to different vintage lace), sewed the ribbons together, sent them to Flanders, her florist, who then attached them to her bouquet. It was a beautiful detail. By the way, did you see that hankie? That was Odessa’s grandmother’s hankie. Odessa’s ‘Something old.’ Odessa’s dress was stunning. She got it from Priscilla of Boston. I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s creamy elegance suited Odessa to the T. When Odessa put it on, I’m not joking, she took on a princess persona. Her hands would move like Giselle’s in the movie Enchanted. Really, truly, it was magical.

Odessa and her mom spent countless hours sewing over 800 fabric flowers for the centerpieces and pins that sat on the napkins for the guests to pin on, take home, and remember the day spent celebrating the Shekar’s. Not only did Odessa sew each flower but her personal touches were seen throughout the wedding from the ribbon backdrop to ribbon that were framed and held the escort cards on the barn. Plus she sewed darling handbags for her bridesmaids! Five years ago Kim’s mother passed away from cancer. At the wedding bracelets that his mom owned were worn by family and close friends so that her spirit could be there celebrating her son’s union. Odessa’s ring was Kim’s moms wedding ring. Chandeliers holding single roses in each small vase lined the aisle and a ribbon backdrop created by the bride and groom completed the simple, elegant design for the ceremony. The ring bearers didn’t actually bear the rings, instead they pushed a wagon holding a handmade chest down the aisle. The chest was introduced and explained during the ceremony by different family members. Odessa’s brother designed and built the chest which contains unopened letters from family as well as letters the couple wrote to each other. It also houses other mementos from their lives and on their 25th wedding anniversary Kim and Odessa will open the chest, read the letters, and relive the memories of why they fell in love. If rocky times fall in their path before their 25th anniversary is reached, they will open the chest and be taken back to the happiest time of their life; to be reminded why they fell in love, why they chose one another, in hopes of finding their roots once again.

Kim and Odessa stayed at Our Sweet Retreat in Nevada City. The morning of the wedding family and close friends came out and enjoyed some Yoga on the lawn. The groomsmen stuck around and made an amazing breakfast then got ready for the big day. The wedding party then met up in the early afternoon and so began the picture taking and the main event! Before and after the ceremony the guests enjoyed cocktails in the Rose Garden. Hanging from the trees and shrubs were pictures from Kim and Odessa’s lives before and after meeting one another. It was here, in the Rose Garden that the couple were introduced and enjoyed their first dance before moving the party to the reception.

The Roth Estate was amazing! Kim and Odessa used three separate areas for their wedding day. The main lawn was where they had the ceremony, the cocktail parties were in The Rose Garden, and finally the reception was in The Party Pad. Antonio Ayestaran Custom Catering served roasted vegetables, halibut, steak, and risotto! The salad, oh the salad, it was dressed with bananas and strawberries. Decorated by buttons both vintage and new, topped with one of those sweet little toys that when you press the button the limbs collapse, when released they pop back up, the cake was super cute (and tasty)! By the way, it was marzipan instead of fondant. I LOVE marzipan! The cake was lovingly baked, decorated, and designed by The Cake Artist. The band at the reception ROCKED the house! I mean we were dancing to Journey, Lady Gaga, and everything else in between. They were so ridiculously cool and fun. Joy of Life Events coordinated this whole shebang. Donna was amazing, simply lovely to be around. She was on top of everything and was always there, unobtrusive, doing her job.

Resources: Photographer: Jennifer Eileen Photography, Event Planner: Joy of Life Events, Floral Designer: Setchel and Associates, Reception Venue: The Roth Estate, Dress Designer: Priscilla of Boston, Cake Designer: The Cake Artist, Band: The Hits Band of Sacramento